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Some vs. Any

Any and some can be synonymous; that is, they may have the same meaning. Both may be used in affirmative or negative questions:

Examples:
Will you have any?
Will you have some?
Wonít you have any?
Wonít you have some?

However, use some, not any, for affirmative statements and answers.

Correct Example:
You may have some. Yes, Iíd like some.

Incorrect Example: You may have any.

For negative statements and answers, use any.

Correct Examples:
I donít care for any apple pie.
I canít have any pets in my apartment.

Incorrect Examples:
I donít care for some apple pie.
I canít have some pets in my apartment.

Note that it would be fine to leave out any in the above examples entirely.

Examples:
I donít care for apple pie.
I canít have pets in my apartment.

Make sure you donít use no when you mean any or you will have what is called a double negative.

Incorrect Example:
I donít want no apple pie.

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1. Would you like some ice cream with your chocolate cake?

2. Would you like any ice cream with your chocolate cake?

3. I would like any ice cream with my chocolate cake.

4. I donít care for some ice cream with my chocolate cake.

5. I donít care for ice cream with my chocolate cake.

6. I donít care for any ice cream with my chocolate cake.

7. I donít want no ice cream with my chocolate cake.


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Pop Quiz Answers

1. Would you like some ice cream with your chocolate cake? Correct

2. Would you like any ice cream with your chocolate cake? Correct

3. I would like any ice cream with my chocolate cake. Incorrect

4. I donít care for some ice cream with my chocolate cake. Incorrect

5. I donít care for ice cream with my chocolate cake. Correct

6. I donít care for any ice cream with my chocolate cake. Correct

7. I donít want no ice cream with my chocolate cake. Incorrect


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